#TransformationTuesday: Joel Embiid

by Max Rappaport
Sixers.com Writer
@MaxRappaport

Social media can be a full-time job. Just ask Joel Embiid, whose exuberant personality has spilled over into his online presence, much to the delight of NBA fans. But even for a social maven like Embiid, keeping up with all of the trends across social media can be a bit much to bear. #ThrowbackThursday, #SelfieSunday, #ManicureMonday… Who can keep up!?

So we figured we’d save Joel some trouble and handle his Tuesday hashtag for him – #TransformationTuesday.

On Monday, the Cameroon native tweeted a photo of himself at Basketball Without Borders in South Africa way back in 2011.


Indeed, the 17-year-old in the photo is nearly unrecognizable compared to the muscle-bound seven-footer that he has become. Here’s a look at Embiid’s transformation since 2011, with a photograph taken at last weekend’s NBA Rookie Photo Shoot for comparison.

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Coincidentally, Basketball Without Borders’ 2014 African camp in Johannesburg begins Tuesday, and more than 50 young players from 20 countries will travel from all corners of the continent to participate in the four-day camp. 

Basketball Without Borders has been an overwhelming success for the NBA and FIBA, and by the fall, the two will have jointly staged 39 BWB camps in 22 cities in 19 countries on five continents since 2003. More than 2,200 participants from more than 120 countries and territories will have learned first-hand from hundreds of current and former NBA/WNBA players and front office staff from all 30 NBA teams.

Overall, 33 Basketball Without Borders campers have been drafted into the NBA, with Embiid (selected third-overall in 2014) being the highest-drafted player in the history of the program. Read more about the program HERE.